The University of California San Diego has announced that Vince Kellen, the campus’s chief information officer (CIO), is a 2019 inductee into the CIO Hall of Fame. The national award recognizes outstanding IT leaders who have significantly contributed to and profoundly influenced the IT discipline, the use of technology in business and the advancement of the CIO role. Kellen is only the third higher education CIO to join the elite group since it was founded by IDG’s CIO in 1997.
“This prestigious honor is extremely fitting for Vince Kellen,” said Pierre Ouillet, vice chancellor and chief financial officer at UC San Diego. “He is an innovative visionary who brings his deep expertise and organizational acumen to transform UC San Diego and support the success of its academic and research enterprise. His influence has been felt by the entire UC system, including many of our sister campuses, which are partnering with UC San Diego on a number of systems.”
Kellen joined UC San Diego as CIO in 2016. He formerly served as the senior vice provost of Analytics and Technologies for the University of Kentucky. He also worked as vice president of Information Systems at DePaul University. He was invited to join the Cutter Consortium, a premier information technology industry think-tank of 150 experts from across the world, both as a fellow and senior consultant.
Kellen has contributed in an advisory capacity for key organizations in higher education, including Educause, Internet2 and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. He has also served on advisory boards to top IT companies such as Dell, SAP, Microsoft, AT&T, Apple and Blackboard. He is the author of four books on database technology, and author of more than 250 articles and presentations on IT and business strategy topics.
Kellen received CIO Magazine’s Top 100 award in 2017 and 2014, was one of InformationWeek’s Chiefs of the Year in 2013, received the Computerworld Honors Laureate award in 2013, and was one of four recipients selected globally for Dell’s 2012 Transformation CIO award.
Kellen earned his Ph.D. in computer science from DePaul University.